The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 18: Amy Scobee

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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#18: Amy Scobee


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Amy Scobee was among several longtime Scientologists who not only left the organization, but then helped change the conversation about it.

Scobee, like several other recent defectors, had worked closely with Scientology leader David Miscavige. And as a group, these former executives came forward to tell the world how bizarre and awful it was to work for a leader so irrational, impulsive, and violent. Since Scobee and others came forward in the landmark 2009 St. Pete Times series, "The Truth Rundown," a new picture of Miscavige and Scientology has emerged, one that is focused on the abuses of an organization rotting from its apex.

In her book about her experiences, "Abuse at the Top," Scobee describes her entire 27-year journey in Scientology, which began in 1978 when she was only 14 and went to work for the church. That first year, she writes, she was raped by her 35-year-old boss, but the incident was swept under the rug. Still at only 16, she joined the Sea Org and signed its billion-year contract.

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Clearing the planet, back in the day
Scobee's narrative is especially moving for the way it describes a talented, hardworking and dedicated young woman who was selected for ever more important jobs and increased responsibility, but that climb was interrupted repeatedly with harrowing stints in the Sea Org's "RPF" -- Rehabilitation Project Force -- a kind of prison duty that she was sent to for sometimes the most capricious of reasons. For months at a time, she was assigned to the degrading conditions of the RPF, and was even sent to the lowest situation of all -- the RPF's RPF -- and had to work to get herself back in good standing.

Much of this occurred when she worked at Scientology's secretive California desert headquarters, Gold Base. Between her stays in the RPF and otherwise having no contact with the outside world, she describes how unreal it was to learn that her uncle, Dick Scobee, had been killed while he commanded the space shuttle Challenger, which disintegrated in 1986.

Another odd detail of her story: she rose to the highest of positions, working directly under Miscavige, while actually doing very little actual study of Scientology's precepts:

"I really had minor understanding of Scientology teaching since I very rarely studied, hadn't read any of the basic books and received little counseling, other than confessionals asking for transgressions. Yet, somehow I ended up at the top of the organization."

When she finally did get to study, and moved up "the Bridge," she was shocked to find how little of what L. Ron Hubbard spoke about was actually in use in the organization's upper management:

What struck me the most was how little the information contained in these books was applied, even by the top Scientologists in the world. It was as if the technology was one thing and what was really done was something else entirely. LRH preaches about freedom, happiness, raised awareness, improving communication and relationships yet at the very top of the church, these basic fundamentals are banned with such force.

Scobee's story is also remarkable for how intimately involved she was with some of Scientology's most intriguing developments. She oversaw a major renovation of the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, for example, worked closely with some of Scientology's most famous celebrity figures, and even managed the hiring of Scientology personnel for Tom Cruise's house in the early 1990s.

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But with Miscavige, she writes, you were never safe from a sudden reversal. She found herself back in the RPF again, this time for several years. And, as we've seen many times in the history of the church, things Scobee confessed to in supposedly private auditing sessions was instead used against her publicly. In particular, she writes, Miscavige humiliated her with sexual details that she had divulged, supposedly under strict priest-penitent secrecy.

The abuse, she says, became too much. She was determined to get out with her husband, another Sea Org member named Mat Pesch. It wasn't easy, but they managed to leave in 2005.

Mark Bunker has interviewed Scobee for his upcoming documentary, "Knowledge Report." I asked him his thoughts on her:

I think her warmth and her strength shine through in the many interviews she's given. Scientology paints people who leave the group as the lowest of the low; criminals who should not be trusted. They've plucked info from her supposedly confidential confessional files and twisted and distorted her words and actions, as they always do. They picked a fight with the wrong SP. Anyone who meets her can tell she is a terrific person and will not back down from a righteous fight.

And here's a portion of her interview with Bunker, in which she talks about the infamous Tom Cruise video...

And a sample of her interviews at the St. Pete Times series, "The Truth Rundown," in which she talks about seeing David Miscavige leap across a table to attack Jeff Hawkins:

Many Scientologists have left the organization and then spoke up publicly about its eccentricities and toxicities. But Amy Scobee has stood out for how much she obviously gave of herself to the church, even through the degradations of the RPF. And for how credibly she comes across, and helped shift the focus of how we all think about this odd group.

Coming Wednesday morning, look for No. 17 on our countdown. And also this week, an update on Janet Reitman's book, Inside Scientology.



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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45 comments
dickchurch
dickchurch

That looks a lot like official military regalia.  Did they carry weapons?  

      Personal Trainer Listing
Personal Trainer Listing

I don't think the rankings really matter, Marcabian.  This is one of those things where it truly is an honor just to be nominated. :) 

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

For Mr. Ortega,

That Scobee had very little Scientology training and yet was in an important position is not that unheard of in Scientology; the present chief* of the San Diego church (David A. Meyer) had very low levels of training before they made him leader, then in 2003-2004 he rocketed up the Bridge and he's at OT 6 now. They find people they can trust or control, and then mould them into the Scientologists they need. As you know, a lot of things that go on in Scientology are rush jobs based on Miscavage's whims, so it goes without saying that some of the executives aren't truly "hatted" to their jobs.

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* I haven't heard much from that guy, so I don't know if he is still the boss of that church; he was the person in Scientology who backed the anti gay marriage Prop 8 with the Mormons, which resulted in Paul Haggis leaving Scientology. If I had to guess, I would say Miscavage is holding that over Meyer's head.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Since this missed the Google, I missed the post about Amy! Well, never too late to add my 2 cents.

Her videos and appearances have been outstanding, and the character assignation the cult attempted, the scarlet letter treatment, was pathetic and ludicrous. Laughable really. They sure had a hard time coming up with ANYTHING on Amy until BBC's John Sweeney committed the crime of hugging her at the end of a long interview day, which the cult filmed and reported as if they caught a terrorist planting a bomb. I'm sure Sweeney would have hugged Tommy too if he weren't such a Heil Hitler biaaaatch. Okay, I borrowed that expression from BREAKING BAD.

Yes, Amy probably would have been a CEO or something, if she'd been able to choose college over cult, but what she's done after leaving the cult, has been truly special. I don't think she can imagine the number of people she'll probably never meet, who admire her the way we do.

advinjhonsan
advinjhonsan

The chain of comments and likes the picture is long and full of key members of the team incept. The president of the class are actually choose the location for their own training class image.

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Theoracle
Theoracle

Amy Is a Joan of Arc. She does have a right to be here and communicate the truth. In fact, that is everyone's God given right.  And to step forward against all that she knew could happen to her with the Church and it's billions of dollars to put the truth forward was an act of heroism.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Hey! Old OT7! 

Have you posted your story of nearly losing your own Mother through cult disconnection, to the Forum Thread for such stories at Why We Protest dot net? 

I clearly remember it as posted here somewhere on Tony's Blog. I think that report deserves to be spread far and wide.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Hi Gary!

You are quite right!  I did post it on Tony's blog.  If it does deserve repeating, here it is:

I was on staff in Hawaii in the mid 70s.  My mother flew over to see what I had gotten myself into.  Red flags and alarm bells went off for her almost immediately.  She asked one too many questions and the senior execs came to me and angrily ORDERED me to disconnect from my raging SP mother.  I drove over to where she was staying and told her I could not see or speak to her anymore.  She calmly packed her bags.  I asked her at the time if she was freaking out and she calmly said "no."  She told me she was going to the airport and fly home.  After she got home (she was living with her cousin), she promptly attempted suicide.  You see, I was her ONLY child and had just turned my back on her on orders from the cult, and she felt she had nothing more to live for.  Her cousin came home from work early for the first time and found her.  She rushed my mother to the hospital where they pumped her stomach to get the pills out.  She lived, but I had to live with what I had done until she passed in 1984.  I still live with those memories.

I am certainly not the only one who has experienced their form of family destruction called "disconnection," and until this cult is taken down, I won't be the last.  But how good is their brainwashing when an only child rejects his own mother in favor of a cult?

Mom, I've always loved you and always will and wished I had stood up to this evil and vicious  cult.  

XenuBodyThetan Chuck Beatty
XenuBodyThetan Chuck Beatty

Important also, regarding Amy, is she is one of the long term Watchdog Committee Members, for the "celebrity sector" of Scientology's top management councils (there are two top management councils, one is the Watchdog Committee and the other is the International Executive Strata).   Mike Rinder at times was a Watchdog Committee Member, and so was Larry Brennan.    If Scientology is going to respond every to the valid criticism that they should respond to, it will be up to the Watchdog Committee and the Exec Strata to propose and implement the changes.   David Miscavige is not even a member of either of those two top councils, and he is NOT following even L. Ron Hubbard's final years orders about who in the top ranks of the movement is supposed to be "running" the movement.   Hubbard left the management of the movement in the hands of the top two councils, NOT in Miscavige's hands!   More ex WDC (Watchdog Committee) member and more Int Exec Strata members go public about the dismal state of "top management" in the Scientology movement.   Hubbard defines "top management" in the green hardback dictionary for the movement, but Miscavige is not following Hubbard's "top management" final years orders!   -  Chuck Beatty, ex OEC/FEBC Course Sup, Flag and LA Int Training Org. (1977-1983, 1987, 1988, 1989)

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pattyLO

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Old OT7
Old OT7

Thanks, Amy, for your courage in the face of the relentless attacks this cult has thrown at you!  And your book was incredible too! 

Sid
Sid

I just watched the Amy Scobee video from the St. Pete Times series, and then watched a few others from the same series, and then ended up watching the Stephen Hall series which for some reason I had never seen before.

Wow. Just wow.

He explains the personality of David Miscavige in quite chilling terms. He talks about the loss of his unborn child. Then he talks about being handed an $82K freeloader bill for the pleasure of all his sufferings.

Absolutely amazing stuff. That's why Scientology watching is so utterly absorbing and addictive. Yes, I could watch TV at night, but that's all fiction, most of those TV dramas never happened.

But this, as amazing as it is, is real life. And it's still, somehow, happening.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Scientology is a cult, much the same way that Nazism was a cult. First we have ER Hubbard  with his "scientific" fairy tale. To make it seem so "Cool", we have Xenu( Greek for " damn forner. ain't he?), galactic overlord. Then, he wraps the tale  in a bunch of Von Daniken-Jesus-is-an-astronaut, a popular plot device, back in the fifties and sixties. Then he has Xenu sending all the excess populations to Earth to be executed as say, say, say, SAYTON and his MINIONS! How inventive! Then he inflicts abuses upon his followers that are not inconsistent, with Puritan New England and the Salem Witch Trials. Scientology is not the cult! It's the fail safe! If something goes wrong, blame it on Science, pulp fiction, Darwin, and Harlan Ellison. ( Nazism. If something goes wrong, blame it on Neitzche and Darwin) It's really so beautiful! If you manage to get out as did Amy Scorbee, you would be slagged as being " stupid enough to join a cult", and might run to religion.  If they drive you mad, you'd have no credibility and would run to religion. 

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

scilonschools
scilonschools

How do we know that Amy didn't just make it all up, along with the other 2000+ people who have left the Cult, and spoke out at risk of livelihood, life, and limb and  presenting total Corroborating accounts?

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Because our overlord, who looks and sounds suspiciously like Marvin the Martian, sez so!

sizzle8
sizzle8

Amy - classy and brave and good.A treasure.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Excellent choice for #18, Tony! Thank you!

I get the impression that Amy Scobee is a person of extraordinary strength of character! She is a beacon of courage, the caliber of which the cult administration will never learn to repel. 

The cowardice of the cult administration is too deep, too steeped in arrogance and stupidity to ever repel the real, human strength of people like Amy Scobee. 

Bravo, Amy! You are an inspiration to many!

Old OT7
Old OT7

Beautiful post, Duck!

candace6
candace6

No matter how low Scientology/Miscavige sink in their attempts to smear Amy, a 3 minute video is all it takes to recognize that she is absolutely speaking the truth about this nefarious, abusive organization.  Great interview!

Guest
Guest

Tony, this article is great.  I remember seeing the interviews with Amy, perhaps as my first exposure to the tragic results of organized scientology.  She really makes a strong, positive, lasting impression, and I'm sure will play a major part in stopping the human rights abuses of scientology.  

Marcabian
Marcabian

Great choice, I hope this doesn't come across as quibbling, but I tend to think of some of those active in the Church as doing quite a bit more harm to it than those outside, including exes.  So I would rank Rick Moxon higher than Amy.

However, I do suspect that we will see more "insiders" the further down the list we go.  I'm going to bust a gut when you devote an article to Tommy Davis (hey, where is that good lookin' shill, anyway?).

robert
robert

I don't think the rankings really matter, Marcabian.  This is one of those things where it truly is an honor just to be nominated. :)

Old OT7
Old OT7

Here, here!  Bravo!  My sentiments exactly.

Meishayuri
Meishayuri

Maybe Miscavige and Cruise need to go to New York and make their loving union legal.  Hell, I would be willing to do all their wedding photography for free.

redpill
redpill

But wouldn't Tommy Davis feel left out? 

Amy Scobee
Amy Scobee

Wow. Thank you, Tony, for this article!   And I appreciate all of the wonderful comments, too!  I'm very proud to be part of the group standing up for human rights and exposing the abuse within the Scientology organization. Every bit of exposure helps.  

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Thanks Amy!

I've had no direct connection to Scientology, but my indirect connection means that the house on the beach I could be in right now is gone forever, like it never existed. What you went through makes my meager little protests seem like banal whining in comparison, but fifteen minutes on the line to some poor schmuck in Clearwater, yelling at her to hang up the phone on her end, telling her that I will yell the word "NO" at her until she hangs up because that is how you deal with psychotics [and she was, and she did]—what can I say? 

Can I join your army?

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Amy you are the same person I met back in the late 70's when you first arrived at the Flag Land Base.   We have been friends ever since, despite an almost 18 year separation.  Like all of us who were there for a reason - to help others - and then had to leave due to the abuses, we still share a common bond.   Proud of what you have done Amy and proud to say you are and always will be my friend!

Karen de la Carriere
Karen de la Carriere

Dear Amy,

      Congratulations and high Fives !              A little anecdote to explain the kind of punishment and sadism Amy went through was that she was sent to the PURIFICATION RUNDOWN  as a punishment and suffered though it for 5 Months.   That's right 5 months of 5 hours a day in the sauna ~~ when done as punishment is a Torture.   Amy, you are a trail blazer.....I follow in your footsteps with the common goal to STOP the ABUSE.

        You might consider Book 2.  The Fair Game, the Dirty Ops, the retaliation and smear campaign and malicious tabloid hate site.......  Tell it like it is !

         Love to you and Matt

           Karen

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Amy's book was the first one of it's length I read cover to cover in less that 24 hours. I need to read it one more time before I donate it to a library. She deserves the Freedom Medal of "Fuck you Co$"

Scientia
Scientia

Amy Scobee is a goddess. Of all the Int staff who spoke out, it was Amy that affected me the most. Her story on AC360, her interviews with the SP Times, her amazing book, they all helped me open my eyes to what was really going on within DM's cult. Amy, you are a legend. Thank you! :)

Guest
Guest

Nicely said, Scientia:)

John
John

This is the first of Tony's blog posts that didn't get indexed on Google, under either "news" or "blogs."

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

My own fault. It was only after the article published at 9 am that I noticed I hadn't customized the URL, like I had the others. I changed it fast as I could -- by like 9:03. But by then it must have fouled up Google's spider, or whatever.

John
John

Good to hear... I was developing conspiracy theories!!

Brian
Brian

Amy is a hero. Full stop.

mirele
mirele

Thanks for spotlighting this incredibly brave woman. And thank you, Amy, for speaking out about Scientology. I knew it was bad, but didn't realize HOW bad it had gotten until Amy and the others spoke out. What we know now is that David Miscavige is no religious leader, but a tiny bully with fists of fury.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Bully is too kind a label for the likes of Miscavige and his criminal perpetrators.  Rotten, deranged, obscene, repulsive criminals, the whole  nauseating lot.  For those who haven't read Amy's story, it includes Miscavige and said lot further traumatizing a 14 yr old child after being raped by a middle-aged, married adult on sci staff by telling her it was her fault, as well as the usual Obstruction of Justice, the "cover up" of this crime.

So when Miscavige later published false sexual innuendoes, it was not just to humiliate the victim, it was an attempt to re-traumatize. 

In the U.S., as far as I know,  there is No Statute of Limitation for crimes if there were cover up activities, Obstruction of Justice, like this.  I hope every person who has first hand knowledge of a scientologist's crime and/or attempts to cover it up or obstruct justice would report it to the Real authorities now, finally, and help put an end to the despicable atrocities committed, all in the name of planetary dissemination (installing a  Hubbard tracking chip on every Earthling's brain stem). 

Karen de la Carriere
Karen de la Carriere

The Guest.

It  IS being reported to authorities.  It is being reported to Law enforcement daily.  There is probably no more entity in the US that is reported for criminality than the "Church" of Scientology. It is reported and complained about more than the Mafia ! 

Last year, in a period of 6 months the FBI received over 300 complaints.

The US Government is cautious in moving forward as they scream "1st amendment"  rights, "Religious Exemption"  "Ministerial Exception".

Donkey  Judge Fisher misruled on the Headley case  saying they could commit these kind of actions, but that people signed contracts and therefore it was their own religious business.

Miscavige hires as his personal attornies and advisors former Department of Justice lawyers such as Monique Yingling who protect the daily abuse and sadism by expert know-how.

Godd news is that the case was appealed to the 9th circuit Court of appeals and their decision is due in October 2011   It is already the end of August  2011.

Donkey Judge Fisher needs to do a week in the RPF and get a little sleep deprivation herself before tossing out cases like Headleys.  She needs to know what it's like.

t1kk
t1kk

Considering just how many people at INT witnessed Miscavige's violence and either stayed or left and said nothing out of fear, Amy's credibility and courage deserve a ton of thanks.

Patty Moher
Patty Moher

Wonderful!  Amy Scobee totally deserves to be on this list.  Her courage and integrity are inspirational.  Hopefully your articles will encourage others to speak out against the cult.

anonymous
anonymous

Don't male apes establishing dominance over their tribe publicly attack underlings at random?I think that is all the explanation you need to understand all there is to know about the Scientology corporation's CEO David Miscavige.

SFF
SFF

From Jeff Hawkins' book:

"Do you know why I beat you up?" Miscavige asked me."No, Sir," I said."To show you who’s in charge," he said.

TheGuest
TheGuest

You've described in detail why there won't be any arguments about Amy being on this list.  I appreciated her book, although the scientology lingo and labrynth is difficult for outsiders to translate.  In interviews, however, she shines brilliantly.   Thanks for your courage, Amy.

For me, the back story of her family relationships with mother, and others, was something anyone can understand.  Impossible to hear it without eyes misting up.  What strikes me the most, however, is the insight into how a savvy, good-hearted, hard working individual could be scammed for so long under severe abusive conditions.   Amy broke the stereotype image of "only idiots join cults". 

The truth is most who got involved were very intelligent, skilled, and progressive adventurers who simply forgot to keep their education evolving and their search expanding.  Amy Scobee is a stellar example of what scientology will do to the best people in our society. 

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